Porcine pet can stay at Pa. home after zoning vote

CATASAUQUA, Pa. (AP) - September 21, 2011

The Whitehall Township zoning board approved a variance Tuesday that will allow Holly Hacker to keep her potbellied pig, Porkus Maximus, at her home.

Hacker had been issued a citation for violating the township's livestock rules by keeping the pig at her home.

Hacker's attorney says Porkus has a dog house and a doggie door.

Hacker herself says the dog sometimes sleeps in her bed. She argued Porkus wasn't being kept for sale or profit and therefore shouldn't qualify as livestock.

The board voted 4-1 to approve the variance after Hacker presented a petition with more than 300 signatures from neighbors who wanted the pig to stay put.

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